Of course, the useful idiots are straight up on their soapboxes:
Amnesty International UK criticised the use of Tasers on young and elderly people, warning they face a higher risk of fatal heart attacks, respiratory problems and psychological trauma from the weapons.
The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) said it had seen a “deeply troubling” rise in incidents involving youngsters and urged police to stop firing Tasers at children.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) voiced concerns about the use of Tasers on dogs, saying the weapons caused “extreme pain and can be deadly”.
So what sort of innocent kiddiewinks and puppydogs got 40,000 volts?
West Yorkshire Police tasered a 14-year-old boy involved in a suspected burglary in August after he allegedly attacked an officer.
And a 14-year-old girl was tasered “as a last resort tactic” by Cumbria Police after she claimed to have a machete and was threatening to harm herself.
Eighteen police forces revealed they had fired Tasers at a total of 37 animals – all dogs – since 2016, including pit bulls, Staffordshire bull terriers and a bullmastiff.
Seems reasonable enough! From the headline, and the hysterical quotes from the usual suspects, you’d think they’d been zapping toddlers and chihuahuas.
“Tasers can inflict intolerable pain and children have told us that the threat of violence from police carrying Tasers is really frightening.
“CRAE wants the use of Tasers on children to be eliminated in line with recommendations the UK has received from the UN. The government and the police need to take urgent action to protect children’s safety and well-being.”
I think it was actually ‘protection for their safety’ that made them use the Taser. Otherwise, it would have been a real gun.
Or, as the grown ups patiently explain, a 15 stone cop whacking you over the head with a bit of flexible metal. Or 12 of his mates piling on top of you to keep you restrained.
“The younger or more elderly their apparent age, the more careful officers will be,” added Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, the NPCC’s lead on self defence and restraint.
“However there are some cases where individuals pose a significant threat to themselves or others and the use of force will be lawful, proportionate and necessary.
“The use of Taser may be the best option in the circumstances, and we know that in 85% of cases just the threat of its use alone will resolve an incident without it being fired.”
He added that Tasers were “often preferable to the use of a baton, or restraint, which carry a greater risk of serious injury being caused and may lead to more force being needed”.
Quite. But any excuse to whine in the media. Maybe we should send PETA to the next dangerous dog mauling armed only with a bag of Bonios, and see how they get on?